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Top Northeastern leader differ over Duale’s legacy



NAIROBI—North Eastern leaders are divided over the legacy of the ousted Majority Leader, Aden Duale who was replaced on Monday in an ongoing purge targeting Ruto’s aides at Parliament.

Former deputy speaker, Farah Maalim and former Mandera senator, Billow Kerrow were split over Duale’s legacy. Farah maintains that the former Majority Leader lowered the “glory” of the National Assembly while Kerrow says “the region lost a leader.”

“Congratulations  to New Majority Leader in the National Assembly Hon. Amos Kimunya and the New Secretary to Jubilee Party Parliamentary Group Hon Adan Keinan. The National Assembly will redeem its lost glory. In short eight years Parliament lost its glory. Redeem it’s glory now,” Farah tweeted immediately Duale’s ouster was confirmed.

Maalim and Duale are long time political rivals. The duo played an off-the gloves campaign in the last General Election in bid to clinch the Garissa Township legislator. K24 TV termed the duel “the socond most fought election in Kenya after the presidential.”

Duale won the polls, but Farah lodged an election petition at the High Court in Nairobi where he lost the case. Although Garissa elders sought to ease the tension between the two leaders by brokering a “handshake” deal, their duo’s relationship was beyond repair.

Senator Kerrow, on the hand, took pride in Duale’s position saying his ouster was a loss to the region.

“Duale’s removal wasn’t unexpected but was cowardly. He deserved better, not brute ingratitude. The bigger picture is a painful loss for Muslims/ Somali as he was the highest ranking in Govt. To Duale, may Alah grant you something better! You’re the richer,” Kerrow tweeted.

Other leaders, such as Garissa County Women Representative Anab Subow took issue with Farah Maalim, saying Duale’s loss should not be a reason to celebrate.

“Parliament has had its glory since 2013 when @HonAdenDuale was at the helm. He remains the most loyalist in the party,” Anab posted on Twitter.

She added that: “Those who are celebrating the crucifixion of their own son will be in a shock soon. My brother-in-law Farmajo’s callbox, this is not VILLA SOMALIA remember.”

Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya has replaced Garissa Township MP Aden Duale as National Assembly majority leader.

This was announced during a Jubilee Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi Monday morning.

Eldas MP Adan Keynan was elected the new Jubilee PG secretary.

Mr Kimunya, in his acceptance remarks, said that he will work to push the agenda of the Jubilee administration in the National Assembly.

The meeting was also attended by Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju and 174 Jubilee Coalition members of the National Assembly.

The meeting was also attended by Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju and 174 Jubilee Coalition members of the National Assembly.

Aden Duale, in a statement seen by Kulan Post, thanked Kenyans and the Jubilee party for the opportunity to serve as Majority Leader.

“Today marks the end of my seven years of service to the great people of Kenya as the Leader of Majority of the National Assembly. I was the first occupant of the seat under article 108 of the constitution,” the former ML said.

The Jubilee purge started last month with ouster of leaders at the Senate who are allied to the Deputy President, William Ruto. Observers say the President is making way for “friendly” Parliament as bid to pass the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)proposals.


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